Skyway not only built a new hangar as the article pointed out, it also spent a LOT of money training the first crews and getting their DO 328Jet aircraft opertations up to snuff in US standards. It is, however, not too far off from the 328prop--it's only about 60kts faster but, I guess the Honeywell Primus that it has is reconfigured for jet engines. I have non-reved a couple of times on the 328Jet, it can climb like a bat out of hell that's for sure.
When these aircraft first came on line, there was turmoil at Skyway. Crew shortages, service disruptions--typical growth pains. Exacerbated by the fact that this was a jet without a lot of experiences to fall back on.
The 328Jet is actually perfect, size wise, for some of the markets it serves for Skyway. The problem is that it's kind of a complementary item--it was supposed to go hand-in-hand with the 428. Now, I think that they'll be dumped in very short order. Especially with the Embraer salespeople on the showroom floor with a new set of wings.
There was even a lot of cockpit talk (rumors) over the summer that Midex was going to look beyond the 328/428 into the larger FAIDORs to take care of the Diesel 9s. MIDEX was in love with FAIDOR. All that has changed. Nothing like standing your date up at the prom, I guess.
Recently, the rumor winds have blown in the direction of the 717. It's been said that the 717 price came down so much, that it was a done deal--just waiting for the announcement.
Skyway is configured to operate as a totally separate entity from MIDEX even though they're owned by them. The maintenance hangars are in two separate locations, and their accounting and operations remain apart. There won't be any fleet commonality issues between MIDEX and Skyway, but within....each one will want to have a common airframe.
My guess is that the announcement on the Diesel 9's replacement and the 328Jet issue will be bundled together the way it was done in 1989 (when I was just a young lad and not with the company--just out of college) when MIDEX announced the acquisition of two brand, spanking new MD-88s and feeder service with SKYWAY.
The next few months will be interesting for YX and Skyway. That's for sure, but I'm moving on. I'm looking at a possible class date of 21 January with a great big airline. DC-9CAPT is soon, most likely, going to be sitting sideways for a year's worth of probation.